This Thursday the guys and girls from the 'Cycle Summit' team will be coming into the Bristol shop to tell us about their recent trip to the Alps.
The team of nine amateur adventurers and four support members set of from the north of France on a 600-mile cycle to Chamonix. There they spent seven days in the Alps challenging themselves to their limits against the altitude, summiting some of Western Europe's highest peaks...all to raise money for charity.
So, come and join us for a cuppa or a beer from 7pm-9pm. You can pick up a free ticket from the shop, or reserve one by giving us a call on 0117 929 8928 or e-mailing us at [email protected]...but be quick, numbers are limited and we haven't got many tickets to give away!
Dolectures fever has caught hold here and we are excited to be involved with this great event, there's a lot of tickets sold and speakers are confirmed. Geoff McFetridge is coming and that will be a talk worth listening too. A member of the legendary directors bureau whose artwork has been used by Chocolate Skateboards and Sofia Coppola used his artwork for the titles in the Virgin suicides, i best not forget he was art director for Grand Royal magazine from the mid nineties to near it's end. i could go on and on but check him out here. The doletures website is here with all the speakers listed and there are still some tickets left, but not many. It will be a mad weekend, dont miss it.
Paul Chatterton was an invited speaker at the Dolectures. I didn’t get chance to see or hear Pauls talk until now. In hindsight I should have made time, but if I had I wouldn’t have been able to write about what comes next. Paul is an interesting bloke and leads an interesting life. Personally i am reminded often (usually by looking in the mirror and saying the word idiot) about how easy it is to not give time to listening to folks who may for one reason or another not initially turn you on in a way a favorite song might do. A kind of instant gratification that music sometimes has going for it that the spoken word does not. Overcoming an urge to move away from something due my attention span has been something that has benefitted me of late. After all as much as I like a good pop song I also like a good album. So the unveiling of new ideas and new patterns of behaviour can be challenging at times and I illustrate the point just to say that sometimes a bit of patience will often pay great dividends rather than letting ones inability to concentrate for longer than three minutes rule ones behaviour, of course I can only talk for myself and am doing so regarding this. The Do Lectures have revealed many great things to me, admittedly I have had to make time to see them. The end result has beeenthat the time was not wasted, there really wasn’t anything else I should or could have been doing that would have bought me the understanding and joy that there are some truly inspirational folks out there, doing their thing/s that resulted in benefitting all of us in some way or another, they are real life events, real social changes. That result I believe is called “Magic” and I’m a firm believer in the magical universe. Pauls page is posted over on the Dolectures website, please check it out and also the others, please make time. He’s a real life activist who has a pedigree that’s got something going for it. His talk has so many great ideas that draw on actual events he has participated in to make a point that’s it becomes impossible to ignore the power of his actions, as they have acually had some quite astounding results. The power of Do Does. Here’s to the power of Do and Does of that man Chatterton from Leeds. Life changing stuff.
Paul Chatterton teaches in the School of Geography at the University of Leeds where he and researches and teaches on: international protest movements mainly looking at the popular uprising in Argentina since 2001 and the Zapatistas autonomous communities of Mexico; the ways in which city centres are increasingly becoming privatised and corporatised; and alternative models of development focusing on self-management. At the university, he is co-managing a grant funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (see www.autonomousgeographies.org) which explores the ways in which social activists and community groups are developing self-managed models for organising social and economic life beyond the welfare state. He is also working on a collaborative research project entitled ‘Who runs Cities?’ (see www.whorunsleeds.org.uk) which promotes citizen engagement in urban governance. His recent publications include: a guide to the autonomous Argentinian social movements (http://www.geog.leeds.ac.uk/publications/TakingBackControl) and an activist handbook collaboratively written with the popular education collective Trapese published by Pluto Press called ‘Do It Yourself: A handbook for changing our world’ (see www.handbookforchange.org ).
Paul is also course director of a new Masters Programme at the University of Leeds called ‘Activism and Social Change’ (see www.activismsocialchange.org.uk). He is one of the founders of the Common Place social centre in Leeds (www.thecommonplace.org.uk), and is currently helping to start up an eco-village in Leeds.
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What I'm talking about:
Everyday, everywhere, through spontaneous and planned actions, people are changing the world, together. These everyday actions come from the growing desire to do it ourselves – planting vegetables, organising a community day to get people involved in improving where we live, exposing exploitative firms, taking responsibility for our health, making cups of tea in a social centre, figuring out how to install a shower powered by the sun, making a banner, supporting strikers, pulling a prank to make someone laugh, as well as think.
A whole range of groups from the Camp for Climate Action to No Borders and Social Centres are showing how people can take back control and organise to create a more just and sustainable world. This talk is about this kind of DIY politics: a call to get involved in practical action and reflection to create more sustainable and fairer ways of living. It is based on the recent book called ‘DIY: a handbook for changing our world’ which I co-wrote with the Trapese Popular Education Collective.
The book is part handbook, part critique, and is designed to inform, inspire and enable people to take part in a growing movement for social change – which means you, the person sitting next to you on the train, your neighbour, your mother, your children. It is us that can make these changes and it is us that are going to have to. This book explores nine different themes where people are struggling to wrestle back control and build more equitable and just societies - sustainable living, decision making, health, education, food, cultural activism, free spaces, media and direct action.
The talk will present the main ideas in the book, offer some concrete advice for how you can get involved in the growing grassroots movement for change, and look at some of the pitfalls, critiques and ways forward.